NBC just announced the first draft of its summer schedule, and it’s the usual warm-weather mix favored by broadcasters: Lots of unscripted programming sprinkled with some scripted fare. This isn’t the final word on the Peacock’s summer, however. The network made no mention of Love Bites, Friends With Benefits, or The Paul Reiser Show; sources indicate it’s still likely they’ll air at some point during late spring or summer. So what do we know about NBC’s summer plans?
For one thing, the network is hoping to use the off-season to try to establish some new reality and game franchises — not a bad idea considering the fact that The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Apprentice aren’t getting any younger, while Minute to Win It has been run into the ground with repeated airings. So NBC is moving forward with game shows It’s Worth What? and the tentatively titled Still Standing (no relation to the late CBS comedy). The former quizzer will star Cedric the Entertainer guiding contestants as they compete to figure out if the price is right for various household items; the latter is based on an Israeli format and has players trying to answer trivia questions in order to avoid being dropped through a trap door beneath them. There’s no premiere date for either yet. Also in the works: Love in the Wild, the Survivor meets The Bachelor reality epic we first told you about in October.
As for returning fare, NBC said America’s Got Talent will be back for another season starting May 31; episodes will air on Tuesdays and Wednesday. A revamped version of Jerry Seinfeld’s The Marriage Ref will also air in the summer, running Sundays at ten beginning June 26. There’s now a $25,000 prize attached, while contestants will actually appear in studio rather than in pretaped packages. And finally, singing competition The Voice, debuting next month, will be in originals through June. On the scripted side, Law & Order: Los Angeles, returning next month, will have enough episodes to continue through part of the summer. NBC is also once again airing the broadcast window of USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The Dick Wolf duo will air Mondays from 9 to 11 p.m. (CI is back as of May 30.)